Clinchfield Railroad, Blue Ridge Division

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My Clinchfield Railroad Blue Ridge Division layout is modeled after the Clinchfield Railroad as it was in the mid 1970's. I model an area located between Erwin, TN. and Bostic, NC.

The Clinchfield Railroad, now part of CSX, is a bridge line that connects the midwest with the southeast. Coal is the main commodity, but there are 4 scheduled Time Freights and an assortment of locals.

I operate the layout with 5-8 people using the schedule from 1975. My towns and track arrangements are taken directly from Clinchfield Railroad track charts. Ops sessions last between 3 and 4 hours with a 4:1 fast clock using the Digitrax DCC system. My freight cars are all routed with the car card system using actual car routings from the era.

Superintendent Ken Borowski
Division or Location: Clinchfield Railroad Blue Ridge Division
Interchange Railroads: Southern Railway & Yancey Railroad
Size of Railroad: 13 x 33 double deck main room, L shaped 10 x 10 in staging room
Scale: N
Era: Mid 1970s
Control System: Digitrax
Scale Clock Speed: 4:1
Length of Session: 3-4 hours
Number of Crew: 5-8
Train Control: Verbal Authority
Are Radios Required: Yes, 5 channel radio
Listed Jobs: Dispatcher, Yard Master, 3 crews, Pusher Crew
Accessibility: Stairs
Distance from hotel: 11 miles
Estimated travel time from hotel: 16 minutes
Web Site: Click on the following link and leave the MINN-RAIL site
Pets: 1 Cat

To see many excellent photos of Ken's layout, along with much more information, please visit his website, noted above.


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